Woodward picks Sam Simmonds in his England XV for Italy clash

SECOND-ROW:

  • Lock: Maro Itoje (Saracens)
  • Lock: Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins)

Woodward said: “I want Alex Dombrandt in my team for his ball-carrying, handling and try-scoring nous but I’m greedy, so I also want the sheer gas and dynamism of Sam Simmonds at No 8. So I’m asking Dombrandt to put his scrum cap on and move to lock.”

DID YOU KNOW? So far in his rugby career, he has won four English Premiership titles with Saracens, three European Rugby Champions Cup titles, and three Six Nations Championship titles


BACK-ROW:

  • Blindside-flanker: Jack Willis (Wasps)
  • Openside-flanker: Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)
  • Number 8: Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)

Woodward said: “In the back row, it’s time for Tom Curry and Jack Willis to boss the breakdown. This England team need lightning-quick ball and will thrive on turnover possession.”

DID YOU KNOW? Curry scored on his Aviva Premiership debut on 30 October 2016, becoming the third-youngest scorer in the competition

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